February 21, 1937 – November 25, 2018
Josef Meier, of Garland, Texas was born in Lucerne, Switzerland on February 21, 1937. After high school he followed his father’s career and began his apprenticeship in a bakery. After his apprenticeship he held different positions in family owned businesses and other hotels and clubs in Switzerland, France, Curacao and the United States.
Joe moved to the United States in 1965 and settled in Dallas where he worked as a pastry chef at the Sheraton Hotel-Downtown, City Club and other establishments in Dallas. He was a very talented and devoted pastry chef that excelled in sugar pieces, fancy wedding cakes and many other special items. He was instrumental in the creation of the Christmas Village at Baylor Hospital made of sugar pieces and gingerbread. Joe was a member of the Dallas Chef's Association.
Joe met his future wife, Emilie “Vreni” on a return trip to Switzerland. There they realized as small children they had been next-door neighbors, although they did not know each other at that time. Josef married Emilie “Vreni” Meier on January 19, 1970 in Switzerland. They were happily married for 48 years. Joe enjoyed many hobbies including gardening and he had a passion for fly-fishing. He also enjoyed tying flies for his many fishing trips and for friends. Declining health made him abandon this hobby in the last few years. He was a former member of the Dallas Fly Fishing Club.
Joe passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and oldest sister. He leaves behind his grieving wife Vreni and their families in Switzerland including his sisters Hedi and family and Pia. He also leaves behind many friends in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Hockessin, Delaware, San Antonio, Texas and Temple, Texas.
We will dearly miss him, his big smile and the twinkle in his eyes. So long my friend.
Memorials of your choice are requested in lieu of flower.
- Memorial Service Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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December 6, 2018
We were so saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He was a fun-loving person. We have many memories of being at either your house or Eric and Erika’s - eating excellent food and many of Joe's desserts and having a wonderful time. God gives us friendship with a few people that walk with us on life's journey so we won't walk alone. Joe was that kind of person and friend. He will be greatly missed.
Dale and Jewell
Franz & Rosemarie Portmann
December 4, 2018
Rosemarie and I are so sorry to learn of the passing of your Husband Joe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, especially during this Christmas season.
We met Joe in Dallas, Tx. 1965 just by coincident, when he worked at the Sheraton and I at the Chaparral Club, in the Southland Life Tower and both of us Pastry Chefs.. His father was my mentor and teacher when I made my apprenticeship in Switzerland.
In Dallas, Rosemarie and I were the matchmaker for Joe and Vreni. Vreni, then still in Switzerland.
During all those years we had a special long distance bond and friendship with Joe and Vreni.
Joe , we miss you. Rest in peace.
Franz & Rosemarie
Alan and Freda Harvey
December 4, 2018
Our very sincere condolences to you and your family, Josef will be missed.
We have had the pleasure of knowing him some 40 years and he made such an impact on our lives, he was always so happy to help anyone the baking industry.
Joe will be remembered always in our hearts, love always Joe,
The Harvey Family❤️
Bob & Sue Spangler
December 3, 2018
We are sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We spent many hours visiting with Joe and Vreni at the Dallas Fly Fisheries meetings and Christmas parties. RIP and tight lines in heaven dear friend. Many condolences to Vreni and the family.
Sue and Bob Spangler
Chef Paul and Dawn
December 2, 2018
Dear Meier Family, We will miss Josef's wonderful stories and delicious baking. We remember when we had our restaurant in Garland, you both used to come for lunch or dinner, that is how we met you 30 years ago! Then, we found out about our Switzerland connection, and enjoyed many Swiss Club events together over the years! Such lovely memories! Our prayers are with you-all at this time. From Chef Paul and Dawn
Kelly Cook, CEC, AAC
December 1, 2018
As a young chef moving into the metroplex, there we a few names that everyone knew were “Big” names in town. Chef Meier was one of those names. Generally quiet, when he spoke, you knew to listen. I am thankful for what he brought to our community of Chefs.
Hans And Josy Stettler
November 29, 2018
Dear Vreni , So sorry to hear of the passing of Josef. We keep you in our prayers. Love, Hans and Josy